[NL2-NL10] Playing AQ IP vs 3bet

    • maheepsangari
      Joined: 08.06.2010 Posts: 2,163
      Prima, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 6 Players
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      BTN: $24.04 (240.4 bb)
      SB: $10.60 (106 bb)
      BB: $10.15 (101.5 bb) 22/17/1.5/15.0/43/42
      UTG: $4.88 (48.8 bb)
      MP: $5.39 (53.9 bb)
      Hero (CO): $11.89 (118.9 bb) 20/17/3.3/0.0/46/87

      Preflop: Hero is CO with A Q
      2 folds, Hero raises to $0.30, 2 folds, BB raises to $0.90, Hero calls $0.60

      He was 3betting quite light. I had position on him. I could go for a 4 bet bluff but I thought I might get more value playing AQo IP against his wide 3bet range. I know sample is small but 15% of 40 hands is still a lot of hands.

      Flop: ($1.85) Q 7 2 (2 players)
      BB bets $0.90, Hero calls $0.90

      1/2 PSB, I have TPTK so I call. Althought the flush draw scares me a little but I decide to call to get more value out of him.

      Turn: ($3.65) 6 (2 players)
      BB bets $0.90, Hero raises to $2.40, BB calls $1.50

      Now his bet just smells of weakness. Besides 2 flush draws now, I can;t give him such a cheap river so I decide to raise. I expect wekaer Q hands like KQ, JQ to call along with flush draws.

      River: ($8.45) J (2 players)
      BB checks, Hero bets $4.20, BB folds

      I make a 1/2 PSB prepared to call a jam. Only QJ got there, rest all missed, he stil might overplay weaker Qx hands by calling.
  • 1 reply
    • mbml
      Joined: 27.11.2008 Posts: 20,779
      Preflop: Yes AQ is too strong for a 4bet bluff in these positions. You should 4bet bluff AJo or KQo if you think you cannot call these hands profitably. But i usually call AJ and KQ if his 3betting % in this BB vs CO spot is >10%.

      Flop: Board is dry. I find that low stakes players (myself included 3 years ago) tend to obsessed with protecting against flush draws on the Flop. Note that a) People don't have suited hands all the time b) there are 4 suits, so suited hands only flop the flush draw 25% of the time on two tone boards.

      What you should be more concerned about is the coordination of the board, rather than the suitedness.

      Calling is probably the best play here since board is unconnected. I wouldn't fold at any point unless board came out really nasty, like 4 diamonds or maybe a King and we face a 3barrel.

      I may raise for value here with TPTK for balance if I am bluff raising here a lot. I don't think you are though, so call.

      Turn: Yes raise is good. We probably have the best hand and we do not want him to get cheap price to draw. We want to play for stacks now. So raise it up and shove the River.